Children Rights53. (1) Every child has the right––(a) to a name and nationality from birth; (b) to free and compulsory basic education;(c) to basic nutrition, shelter and health care;(d) to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful culturalpractices, all forms of violence, inhuman treatment andpunishment, and hazardous or exploitative labour;(e) to parental care and protection, which includes equalresponsibility of the mother and father to provide for thechild, whether they are married to each other or not; and
Cont’d (f) not to be detained, except as a measure of last resort, and when detained, to be held – (i) for the shortest appropriate period of time; and (ii) separate from adults and in conditions that take account of the child’s sex and age. (2) A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.
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